Best song trifecta for band

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'PRETTY COOL': Mount Hutt College band Goodbye Thursday members at the Rockquest final (from left) Bella Casey-Solly, Lucy Reeve, Maddie Webb and Morgan Welsh. Photo Supplied.
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Mount Hutt College alternative indie band Goodbye Thursday have come home victorious after a stunning performance at the Smokefree Rockquest Timaru regional final on Friday.

Claiming a trifecta for a song penned by the lead singer, the band has won Best Song Award for the third year in a row. And on the back of winning the overall competition in 2022 and 2023, it took out second place overall, behind Daly Waters from Waitaki Boys’ High School.

Bella Casey-Solly, 17, wrote Little Town. She is in the band with fellow 17-year-olds guitarist Lucy Reeve, bassist Maddie Webb and drummer Morgan Welsh.

‘‘Pretty proud, pretty cool,’’ she said of the band’s achievement.

The success was particularly sweet as it was the band’s final year in the school rock contest, as the members are all in year 13.

As they were in the top two, they will now write and perform another song to try to make the top 20 of bands in the country, which they achieved last year. Ultimately they are hoping to make it to the live final in Auckland for the top 10 bands, for the first time.

Goodbye Thursday performs at the Rockquest. Photo Briar Munro.

‘‘We would love that, reach for the top everytime, reach for the best,’’ Bella said.

Little Town is about the feelings and fallout of relationship infidelity. Bella was inspired by a story she read.

She said writing songs was something that came naturally to her. ‘‘It’s like putting my thoughts down, like writing a diary, I guess. It’s very cathartic and good for my mental health.

‘‘I think the songs come to life when the band plays them, it really adds another layer.’’

Fellow Mount Hutt band Salted Peanut was also recognised on the night as member Quinn Bessai received the Best Bassist Award.